Government thwarted Darjeeling shutdown, 2 govt offices set on fire

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The shutdown called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on day one witnessed huge confrontation from the state government. The police officials were enforced outside the government offices.

On Monday, GJM activists tried to put two government offices on fire. In Darjeeling, several issues of erratic cruelty were also reported. Toy Train facilities stood dangled whole day.

Armed forces were on duty in various areas including Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Mirik and Kurseong.

As per the reports, the District Magistrate office was left unaided by the GJM members.

On Saturday, a BDO office at Bijanbari was set on fire. Also, an office of the sub-assistant engineer of the PWD at Lebong Cart Road was also set ablaze. The protestors pelted stones at a state electricity board office situated at Sonada.

Ramesh Babu, ADG, North Bengal asserted, at least three persons have been detained in link with the Bijanbari vandalism and investigations were started. Serpentine queues were noticed outside the ATM. GJM asserted that banks would be permitted to work on Mondays and Thursdays.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri stated,”It was not a forcible bandh. If we wanted, thousands of our men would have hit the streets and shut down offices. We want Centre to intervene and come out with concrete decisions regarding our long-pending demand for Gorkhaland, which was there in their manifesto as well,” he said. He also said that GJM President Bimal Gurung has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the matter.

“The demands of tea garden workers are absolutely justified. They are ill-paid and we support their cause,” Giri added.

CM Mamata Banerjee in South 24 Parganas, “The terrorists cautioned me against heading off to the slopes. I had been there, held a meeting and have turned out as well. A few of their pioneers are attempting to make inconvenience. They will heave a bomb or two and leave the place.”

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